Raising awareness & lobbying for safer wireless technology

There are steps and changes you can make right now to reduce your, and your families, exposure to electromagnetic radiation. One of the easiest things you can do right away is to switch off your Wi-Fi modem when you are not needing it and to make sure it is most definitely switched off at night.

Ideally, choose to make your home a Wi-Fi free zone. Research suggests that pulsed microwave radiation reduces melatonin levels and we need high levels to sleep well (and therefore allow our bodies to rest and repair).  Melatonin is also a very powerful antioxidant so we need to protect our levels as much as we can as it is a major anti-cancer agent.

Children particularly benefit by not being around EMR in the home so ideally change your cordless phone to a corded one and cable your computer to the router, making sure to also turn off Wi-Fi on the computer as well as any other Wi-Fi enabled devices like printers, eBook readers and your cell phone. Children can also be exposed to significant levels of EMR at school from Wi-Fi networks.  This can dramatically change the child’s ability to concentrate and can also negatively affect their mood which can lead to increased disruption in the classroom.  Heart palpitations and arrhythmia have also been reported by students near Wi-Fi routers at schools.

Other, easy steps you can take to protect your health;

Phone calls 

  • It’s highly recommended to conduct extended conversations on a regular corded telephone. Cordless DECT phones are possibly the strongest source of EMR in a home and emit a constant stream of pulsed digital microwave radiation even when in the cradle. In many cases the output from a cordless phone is significantly higher than a mobile phone.
    If you must have a cordless phone then the ‘Siemens Gigaset Eco DECT’ phone (available from safespace.net.nz) shuts down its wireless transmission when not in use, and reduces signal strength depending on the signal when in use making it a safer option.

    If you do have to use a cordless or cellular phone make sure you change the handpiece from one side of the head to another every few minutes to minimise localized hotspots within your brain and eyes 

  • Until you are completely sure it is safe, decide not to use a mobile phone held to your head. Text, use the speakerphone facility or use an air-tube headset. Pregnant women & children should avoid using a mobile phone or any other wireless device
  • Do not carry a cell phone on your body or near an infant’s head eg in a handbag on the back of a push-chair. Cell phones wirelessly communicate with their networks the whole time they are on. Or if you do have to carry a cell phone on your body, you can achieve some level of protection with a ‘shielding case’ (available from safespace.net.nz) 
  • Avoid using cell phones in moving vehicles (cars, buses, trains, lifts). Radiation levels are higher due to the extra power needed by the cell phone as it seeks to penetrate the metal and glass, and reconnect with different relay antennae enroute– the signal will be affecting everyone near you, including your children 
  • Never use or store a cell phone near children (especially inside a vehicle) – they are more susceptible to the effects of radiation 
  • Do not let children under the age of 16 use a cell phone unless it’s an emergency 
  • Avoid sleeping with an activated cell phone under your pillow or on your bedside cabinet, and dissuade your teenagers from this practice. If you need a phone in the bedroom get a landline jack point installed
  • Turn cell phones off when not in use (or at least at night) 


  • Where possible choose to use a PC (hard wired/cabled option) or use your laptop with a cable connection to the internet – reduce the amount of time on Wi-Fi where possible. If you have to have wireless for an iPad etc, set up your system so that the wireless router can be turned on just for the time you need to use it and then turned off again. At a minimum, wireless routers should definitely be turned off at night while you sleep or when you are not using them (it’s just a push of a button!) 
  • If your children want to use the computer, avoid Wi-Fi 
  • Never place a laptop or tablet computer in your lap. Never hold a wirelessly enabled device such as an e-reader close to your abdomen 


  • Switch off household appliances at the wall when not is use. Don’t leave appliances in standby mode if possible
  • Ideally avoid using a microwave. If you must, make sure you stay out of the kitchen while it is on (quality/nutrition of food is also affected once is has been microwaved)
  • Replace your electric alarm clock in the bedroom with a battery powered one – one of the worst things you can do is have a mains powered clock radio right next to your head while you sleep. In general substitute plugged in appliances which come near your body with battery-powered ones
  • Do not use electric blankets – if you must then unplug it from the wall before going to sleep
  • Reduce/monitor time spent on other wireless activities such as PlayStation (especially the kids)
  • Avoid the use of wireless baby monitors – they emit a constant stream of pulsed digital microwave radiation


  • Lobby your local M.P and other party M.P’s with scientific studies supporting your concerns. (ref: www.bioinitiative.org). Start a petition amongst your affected community to present to your local M.P. Share information/educate others. Do a pamphlet drop in your neighbourhood.
  • Send copies of your correspondence to Ombudsman’s office and Human Rights Commission
  • Contact Local and National Newspapers – write letters to the editor on behalf of other communities also in the same predicament. Ask them to cover your action
  • Demand Government have the outdated NZ Standard 2772:1 1999 revised and for stricter guidelines to be put in place for microwave radiation exposure in New Zealand
  • Demand a ‘precautionary’ approach is adopted preventing cell phone towers near schools and homes (and ideally parks and beaches)
  • Demand your ELC/Kindergarten/School adopts a Wi-Fi free policy – the safest route is to have wired internet access rather than wireless
  • Keep your local kindergartens/ELC/Schools up-dated and informed as to your concerns and show them the research/articles that you come across
  • SafeSpace is available for testing and remediation of your space, either at home or your place of work. They can also help with pre-purchase audits of property to ensure you are not buying a potential health hazard. SafeSpace is also the New Zealand importer of Stetzer Filters for the reduction of Dirty Electricity and other emf (electro-magnetic field) testing and low emf products. www.safespace.net.nz